Fishing 4 Schools (F4S) founder and director Charles Jardine completed the Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday (23 April) in 5hrs 54mins, raising more than £6,000 for the initiative.
F4S was set up 10 years ago by Charles to bring angling into schools across the country. It now works with more than 40 schools to encourage and inspire young people by integrating fishing into their education. Some go on to take the Angling Trust’s Cast Awards, the national accredited Aim Awards and even a BTEC in fisheries management.
Charles was part of a team of six runners who took part in the Marathon in aid of F4S and the other The Countryside Alliance Foundation initiatives – Falconry for Schools and Casting for Recovery. Together they have raised nearly £11,000.
Charles said: “Running the marathon is a really uplifting experience due to the support from the other runners and the public along the route. The warmth coming from the people and the sheer good feeling and empathy was amazing.
“I don’t know yet how much money I’ve raised for Fishing 4 Schools as it’s still coming in, but it is well over £6k. People have been so kind. Every penny they donated will go towards ensuring more young people have access to the Fishing 4 Schools programme.”